Update on NHS funding of Osteopathy & Acupuncture

Following the publication of the NICE guidelines outlined in my previous entry I have had a number of queries asking how to get osteopathy & acupuncture on the NHS… to be quite honest I don’t know!

However, I did contact NICE and asked them directly; here is their reply;

“NICE is not directly involved in putting the recommendations made in our guidance into practice. This is the responsibility of individual local NHS bodies such as Primary Care Trusts and Hospital Trusts.

NICE does publish implementation tools, which give advice and support to those tasked with implementing our guidance. In the case of our clinical guideline on Low Back Pain, we will be publishing some tailored advice to commissioners in early August, which will address the specific challenges raised by this guidance. However, it is still up to local commissioners to interpret the guidance and decide on the best way to provide the service recommended in their area.

Therefore, the best way for you to find out how this guidance will be implemented in your area would be to contact your local primary care trust.”

So, there you have it. I have now contacted my local PCT (Enfield) for some guidance and will update the blog as details become available… watch this space.

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